I've been wanting to talk to Westwood about his fitness regime for some time and finally caught up with him earlier this week near Tucson at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. For nearly seven years, he says he has been eating better and exercising more often under the guidance of British fitness expert Stephen McGregor, a Ph.D., in exercise physiology. Here's more of what Lee had to say:
WHAT WAS THE CATALYST FOR YOUR TRANSFORMATION?
When I hit 30 [he's 39 now] I thought maybe I should start doing something. I saw some of the guys getting stronger, hitting it farther. So I wanted to hit it farther, too. Plus I wanted to play this game for a while. It helps when you're fit.
WHAT'S THE MOST YOU'VE EVER WEIGHED?
I've changed my body--replacing fat with muscle. I probably dropped about 12 to 15 percent of my body fat. The heaviest I ever was was about 110 kilos (243 pounds) and I got down to 89 kilos (196). I weigh 93 kilos (205) now.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT?
On an off week, I'll work out five times. On a tournament week, two or three. When I do work out, it's usually for about two hours a session.
WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS?
Shoulders and legs. You get lots of shoulder problems in golf and I've also had a leg injury in the past. I think it's important to strengthen as much as possible in the areas you use the most. We work on everything, though.
DO YOU DO CARDIO?
I do a lot. I do seven miles, five times a week ... on the golf course. I don't tend to do any cardio other than that. I mainly stick to weights, although I might do a 10-minute warm-up of cardio.
DO YOU USE SUPPLEMENTS?
My trainer tries to keep me on a pretty good diet so I get all I need from food. I have a milk shake or smoothie after I work out to try and get some protein in my body--mainly fruit, ice cream or milk, but low fat.
WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF WORKING OUT IN TERMS OF YOUR GOLF GAME?
I can change my swing a little easier if I need to. My swing also is a little tighter through working out in the gym. I also use my legs to power my swing and strengthening them has helped a lot. I feel I'm very strong in the shoulders, legs and core and that helps provide stability when I swing.
ANY INJURIES OR ISSUES RIGHT NOW?
WHAT DO YOU EAT/DRINK ON THE GOLF COURSE?
I eat nutrition bars, drink water and Gatorade.
FINAL QUESTION, WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON DEER-ANTLER SPRAY?
I don't have a take on it. I have no idea what it is or what it does.
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